ecology water safety embankment

Qiantang river embankment upgrading and reconstruction plan

Featured with the world's strongest tidal bore, the Qiantang river changed its course many times through thousands of years. People in its neighbourhood have been building dikes to protect the land since ancient times. This very dynamic balance writes a history about the connection between water and city around Hangzhou. Large scale 'poldering' from the 1960s and grey concrete riverbanks armed with modern engineering have stabilised the river's course. The dynamic equilibrium for the next thousands of years is still to be set in stone. However, climate change brought an urgency to improve and raise the riverbank for better protection. How can water infrastructure be transformed into a resilient lifeline, while integrating hydrology, ecology, urbanism and human developments? KCAP with its consulting role on eco-water systems applied a multidisciplinary approach to come up with innovative scenarios and solutions, to make a future-proof prototype for similar projects.

Our proposal framed the linear river space into three major sections: 'Jiang' or River, City and Mountain, according to hydrological and urban development conditions along the river. Additionall...

  • Hangzhou, China Mainland
  • Hangzhou Planning and Natural Resources Bureau
  • 2021 - Ongoing
  • Competition
  • Renovation masterplan for an ecological, water safety, and socially resilient dike system
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Masterplan
  • Urban Planning
  • Consultancy
  • Lay-out planning consultants: PowerChina HuaDong Engineering Corporation Ltd.